As artificial intelligence becomes increasingly sophisticated, the use of automated software to complete everyday business tasks is only expected to grow. With increased efficiencies come additional cybersecurity risks, however, as hackers are constantly looking for new ways to exploit weaknesses of A.I. software.
For entrepreneurs, taking a pass on new technology that could help your company be more productive is not an option. Here are five A.I. startups whose tools are helping entrepreneurs do more with less.
Cylance uses A.I. to distinguish malware from legitimate programs. The product helps companies block--rather than reactively detect--malware, while also eliminating everyday false alerts. Founded in July 2012, the Irvine, California-based company was acquired last year by BlackBerry for $1.4 billion.
Databricks's A.I. tool lets businesses turn raw data into actionable insights, according to the company. Computer hardware company HP used the tool to analyze customer data from 20 million devices and improve customer service by anticipating their future needs. Founded in 2013, the San Francisco-based startup has raised $900 million in funding from venture capital firms including Andreessen Horowitz. Microsoft is also a backer, following a successful partnership in 2017 to create Azure Databricks, an analytics platform for Microsoft customers.
For companies that want to use more custom A.I. software, H2O offers an open-source platform developers can play with. For the less tech-savvy, the Mountain View, California-based startup also offers a platform called Q that lets companies enter questions into a search engine for help on how to build custom A.I. apps using its simpler system.
Persado writes advertising copy so you don't have to. Input data about your brand's voice and some existing advertising content and the A.I.-generated program will produce on-brand copy that outperforms what human copywriters can produce alone, according to the company. The New York City-based company's clients include JPMorgan Chase, Dell, Microsoft, and Air Canada.
Meet Amy and Andrew, two A.I.-powered personal assistants created by New York City-based X.ai. When you forget to follow up on a phone call or account for time zones when scheduling a meeting, X.ai's personal assistants will remind you. X.ai connects directly to your calendar and other apps and can share employee scheduling preferences with co-workers at the same company.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated where X.ai is based. The company is headquartered in New York City.